High School Counselors

Welcome to the High School Counselor resource page at Western Colorado University. We value the role you play in student's lives and look forward to working with you as your students transition to Mountaineers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

  • What are Western's GPA and test score requirements? Do you super-score?
    • The Admissions Office uses the academic information of the middle 50% of our freshmen class for admission. The middle 50% GPA is between a 2.95 and 3.75. The middle 50% SAT is between a 1025 and 1200. The middle 50% ACT is between a 20 and 25. Students that fall within these ranges are considered strong candidates for admission.
    • Yes, we super-score. Make sure students send all of their scores to the Admissions Office.
  • Are there any additional application requirements? Letters of recommendation, personal statement, essay. etc.
    • Western has an optional essay and encourages students to submit letters of recommendation, personal statements, etc. if they feel their application needs extra support. 
  • Can the application fee be waived?
    • Yes, please visit the National Association for College Admission Counseling's website for their Application Fee Waiver form.
    • For additional information or assistance with waivers, please call the Admissions Office to speak with a counselor at 970.943.2119.
  • Which academic programs have separate applications?
    • Students must apply separately to the Energy Management program in the School of Business and the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Art department. 
  • Will AP/IB/dual credit classes transfer?
    • Yes, AP, IB and CLEP equivalencies can be found here. Dual credit or concurrent credit is likely to transfer if it's from an accredited college or university with a grade of C- or better.
  • Will dropping class XYZ during senior year affect a student's admission decision?
    • No, we honor admission decisions regardless of schedule changes. However, students will want to be mindful of Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) set by the state of Colorado. Not meeting these requirements could affect their class placement. 
  • Can transcripts be emailed? Where do I send them?
    • Official transcripts can be emailed. Our email is admissions@western.edu. Otherwise, we use Parchment (Naviance), e-Scrip, Clearinghouse, Overgrad, Scoir or the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Is there an application deadline?
    • Western operates on a rolling admission cycle. We accept applications until our incoming class is full.
  • Do you accept the Common Application?
  • What are the ACT and SAT codes for Western?
    • Our ACT code is 0536. Our SAT code is 4946. 

Accepted Students

  • What are the next steps for a student who has been accepted?

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • What merit scholarships does Western offer? What are the requirements?
    • Western offers a variety of merit scholarships. You can view the scholarships and the requirements for them here
  • Does Western offer any tuition discount programs like Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
    • Yes! Here at Western, we offer WUE and a Central Plains (CP) Tuition Discount Program. Under these programs, students who live in a qualifying state pay 150 percent of Western's total in-state tuition. You can find more information on our Discount Programs here
  • What is the annual cost to attend Western?
    • Western's Tuition and Fees for 2019-2020 can be found here
  • Is work-study available? What are the jobs?
    • Yes, work-study is available. We have dozens of positions throughout the academic year and summer. You can find a complete list of jobs at www.western.edu/workstudy.
  • Can the tuition or housing deposit be waived?
    • Students who qualify for the Pell Grant are eligible to have the tuition deposit deferred because of financial need. The housing damage deposit cannot be waived, but students are encouraged to set up a payment plan with Residence Life. They can be reached at reslife@western.edu or 970.943.2101.
  • Are athletic scholarships offered?
    • Yes, students should be in close communication with their coach on any athletic awards. Coach contact information can be found at www.gomountaineers.com


  • What majors does Western offer? What are the most popular programs?
    • You can find a full list of Western's academic programs here. Our most popular programs are Biology, Environment and Sustainability, Recreation and Outdoor Education, Exercise and Sports Science and Business. 
  • What kind of academic support is offered on campus? 
    • Western offers a Math Tutoring Center, a Writing Center and has Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) offered in conjunction with some courses. Each department on Western's campus offers weekly SAI time slots. Additionally, most departments have a list of private tutors that students can contact directly.
  • Does Western have a Career Services office?
    • Yes, you can find our Career Services webpage here
  • Are there any new or updated majors?
    • Yes! For fall 2019, we introduced the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering. We also have several new 3+2 programs which allow students to earn their Bachelors and Masters degree in five years. You can find info on the 3+2 programs here.
  • How accessible are the faculty?
    • Western's faculty pride themselves on being available for students. We regularly hear students talk about having coffee with their professors or utilizing office hours. All faculty are required to hold office hours at least two days each week. Faculty also serve as academic advisors for students. 
  • Are online or night classes available?
    • For most undergraduate programs, classes are typically held during the day. Western is exploring options for distance learning so stay tuned!
  • What's the average class size?
    • 18 students is the average class size at Western and our largest classroom on campus holds 66 students.
  • Is there an Honors program? What are the requirements?
    • Yes, information on the Honors Program can be found here. Incoming freshmen are invited to the Honors Program if they have at least a 3.5 GPA and a 25 ACT or 1190 SAT. 

Visiting Campus

  • What opportunities to visit campus are available?
    • We offer information sessions and campus tours Monday-Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. A student ambassador will then take the group on a full campus tour at 11:00 a.m. After the tour, we provide lunch either on campus or with a meal voucher at a local restaurant. If students or visitors have any interest in meeting with faculty or offices on campus, those appointments are typically scheduled after lunch. You can view available dates and further details here.
  • Is there a virtual tour?
    • Yes! You can find the student-built virtual tour here.
  • Are there counselor visit opportunities?
    • Yes! In addition to our daily campus visits and Preview Days, we are offering the following counselor workshops. These events are designed to familiarize counselors with Western and the Gunnison Valley. The events include transportation from Denver if needed, free lodging at a local hotel and free meals. As the dates get closer, you'll be able to find full details at western.edu/visit
  • High School Counselor Workshop Dates
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31st
  • Thursday and Friday, June 18th and 19th
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th
  • Thursday and Friday, August 6th and 7th

Day-to-day life at Western

  • Do students need a car? How much is parking on campus?
    • Students don't need a car, but if they decide to bring one, parking is free and plentiful at Western. Our campus and the town of Gunnison are small so it's easy to walk, ride a bike, skate or scoot around. Gunnison also has a free bus service that runs around town and up to Crested Butte. You can find information on bus routes and times here
  • What's new on campus? (Buildings, programs, clubs, etc.)
    • Kelly Hall just completed a renovation in the Environment and Sustainability/Masters in Environmental Management program's office suite. Students can now take advantage of their sitting areas and cozy fireplace! Quigley Hall recently went through a multi-million dollar renovation. Students in the Art and Music programs can now take advantage of those state-of-the-art facilities everyday. A brand new Women's Center was also just added to the Library. 
  • What are the residence halls like? How many years do students have to live on campus?
    • Western requires students to live on-campus for two years. Studies have shown that students who live on-campus are more involved and ultimately retain at a higher rate year-after-year. Generally, first-year students live in traditional-style residence halls where they have a roommate and share a bathroom with other residents on their floor. Second-year students are usually placed in suite-style living. Our suites typically include a roommate and a shared bathroom with another suite. For upperclassmen, apartments are available. You can view all of our housing options here
  • Are laptops provided for students?
    • Western does not provide laptops. However, there are several computer banks and labs across campus that are available for students. If a student wants to bring their own laptop, they are free to choose between Mac or PC. 
  • What are the key characteristics of students that succeed at Western?
    • Western students don't fit a typical mold. We see the most successful students being the ones that push their comfort zones, ask for help and try new things. Most of our staff will agree; Western and the Gunnison community encourage people to be themselves. Whether that be an artist, athlete, cowboy, musician or bookworm, you can find a place at Western.
  • What athletic division is Western in?
    • Western competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Athletics. 
  • What's the demographic breakdown at Western?
    • For 2018-2019, Western's demographics include 53 percent male and 47 percent female. Approximately 30 percent of our students come from out-of-state. Our student body includes 63 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic/Latino, 2 percent Black or African American, 1 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 1 percent Asian and 3 percent two or more races.